Ethan Hawke

Actor, Director, Novelist
Even though he exhibited star-making potential in films like "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Reality Bites" (1994), actor Ethan Hawke chose instead to be something of a Gen-X Renaissance Man, starring in offbeat ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1970 in Austin, Texas, USA


Actor (80)

Maggie's Plan 2016 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Magnificent Seven 2016 (Movie)


10,000 Saints 2015 (Movie)

Les (Actor)

Anarchy 2015 (Movie)

Iachimo (Actor)

Cymbeline 2015 (Movie)

Iachimo (Actor)

Good Kill 2015 (Movie)

Major Tom Egan (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Predestination 2015 (Movie)

The Barkeep (Actor)

Regression 2015 (Movie)

Bruce Kenner (Actor)

Seymour: An Introduction 2015 (Movie)


Sinister 2 2015 (Movie)

Ellison Oswalt (Actor)

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


The Late Show With David Letterman 2015 (Tv Show)


The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)


Tonight at Noon 2015 (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)


Born to Be Blue 2014 (Movie)

Chet Baker (Actor)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

Mason Sr. (Actor)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)


In a Valley of Violence 2014 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)


The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Getaway 2013 (Movie)

Brent Magna (Actor)

The Purge 2013 (Movie)

James Sandin (Actor)

Sinister 2012 (Movie)

Ellison Oswald (Actor)

The Woman in the Fifth 2012 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Moby Dick 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Daybreakers 2010 (Movie)

Edward Dalton (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Chelsea on the Rocks 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Writer (Actor)

Staten Island 2009 (Movie)

Sully Halverson (Actor)

What Doesn't Kill You 2008 (Movie)

Paulie McDougan (Actor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2007 (Tv Show)


The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Jake Roenick (Actor)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

Jack Valentine (Actor)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

James Costa (Actor)

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Freeride With Greta Gaines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The Jimmy Show 2002 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Tape 2001 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

Jake Hoyt (Actor)

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)


Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Hamlet (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Len Coles (Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Ishmael Chambers (Actor)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Finnegan Bell (Actor)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

Jess Newton (Actor)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

Great Expectations 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Before Sunrise 1995 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Troy Dyer (Actor)

Alive 1993 (Movie)

Nando Parrado (Actor)

Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)

Wayne Frobiness (Actor)

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

Will Knott (Actor)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

Mathew Price (Actor)

Mystery Date 1991 (Movie)

Tom McHugh (Actor)

White Fang 1991 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

Todd Anderson (Actor)

Explorers 1985 (Movie)

Ben Crandall (Actor)
Writer (5)

Before Midnight 2013 (Movie)


The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Hottest State") (Source Material)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Before Sunset 2004 (Movie)


Straight to One 1992 (Movie)

Director (4)

Seymour: An Introduction 2015 (Movie)


The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)


Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)


Straight to One 1992 (Movie)

Music (3)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

("Split The Difference") (Song Performer)

Boyhood 2014 (Movie)

("Split The Difference") (Song)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

("Conjunction Junction" "Marriage" "I'm Nuthin" "Add it Up" "A Froggy Went A Courtin'" traditional) (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

The Numbers Station 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (1)

Straight to One 1992 (Movie)

Other (1)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Pixelvision footage (Archival Footage)


Even though he exhibited star-making potential in films like "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Reality Bites" (1994), actor Ethan Hawke chose instead to be something of a Gen-X Renaissance Man, starring in offbeat movies, publishing modestly-acclaimed novels, directing artsy independent films and even forming his own Manhattan-based theater company. Though he did make occasional forays into pricey studio films like "Gattaca" (1997), "Great Expectations" (1998) and "Training Day" (2001), Hawke was more at home pursuing his artistic ambitions for art's sake, not for large pay days or widespread recognition. Perhaps nowhere was this more apparent than his several collaborations with director Richard Linklater, with whom the actor most notably starred in "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Waking Life" (2001) and "Before Sunset" (2004). Hawke did suffer the fate of most celebrities by landing in the tabloids for his widely publicized divorce with actress Uma Thurman after rumors of infidelity, but he continued to chart his own course on both stage and screen, making Hawke one of the more intriguing and unpredictable actors of his generation.


Leslie Carole

Was a student at the University of Texas when Hawke was born Divorced from Hawke's father five years after her son's birth

Howard Green

Maternal grandfather Served five terms in the Texas Legislature and was a minor league baseball commissioner

James Hawke

Was a student at the University of Texas when Hawke was born Divorced from Hawke's mother five years after his son's birth Worked as a high ranking official at Conseco

Clementine Hawke

Born July 19, 2008; mother, Ryan Shawhughes

Matthew Hawke


Samuel Hawke


Indiana Hawke

Born July 2011; mother, Ryan Shawhughes

Jenny Perzow

Reportedly involved in the summer of 2003; was rumored to be the reason for his breakup with wife Uma Thurman

Patrick Powers

Served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army; traveled through Europe with Hawke the summer after his stepbrother's junior year in high school

Ryan Shawhughes

Met while she was a nanny for his children with Uma Thurman Made a cameo in "The Hottest State" (2006), written and directed by Hawke Married on June 18, 2008, several months after announcing she was expecting his child

Uma Thurman Actor

Met while starring together in Gattaca" (1997) Married May 1, 1998; Thurman was seven months pregnant at the time of their wedding Divorced July 20, 2004

Maya Thurman-Hawke

Born July 8, 1998; mother, Uma Thurman

Levon Thurman-Hawke

Born Jan. 15, 2002; mother, Uma Thurman

Tennessee Williams Play as Source Material

Hawke's great grandfather and Williams' father were brothers


Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Dropped out when cast in "Dead Poet's Society" (1989)

New York University

New York , New York
Enrolled periodically, always leaving to film a movie

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Princeton Junction , New Jersey

Packer Collegiate Institute

Brooklyn Heights , New York
An independent, private, college preparatory school; formerly the Brooklyn Female Academy

McCarter Theatre

Princeton , New Jersey
Took acting classes at the professional company, which is located on the campus of Princeton University

British Theatre Association

Studied acting

Hun School of Princeton

Princeton Township , New Jersey 1988
Transferred to and graduated from



Featured in the horror hit "The Purge"


Starred in "Before Midnight," his third Linklater/Delpy collaboration


Starred in found-footage thriller "Sinister"


Co-starred with Kristin Scott Thomas in Parisian-set thriller "The Woman in the Fifth"


Cast as Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher in the sci-fi film "Daybreakers"


Re-teamed with Antoine Fuqua for "Brooklyn's Finest"


Acted with Mark Ruffalo in the crime drama "What Doesn't Kill You"


Wrote and directed "The Hottest State," based on his novel of the same name; also co-starred (debuted at the 2006 Venice Film Festival)


Co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"


Cast as part of an ensemble in Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"


Cast in "The Coast of Utopia," playing Mikhail Bakunin; received a Tony Award nomination


Portrayed an Interpol agent, chasing an arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) in Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War"


Reunited with director Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy for "Before Sunset" once again portraying Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) who are reunited nine years after they first met; also co-wrote screenplay; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination


Guest starred on the ABC series "Alias" as a captured CIA agent whose allegiances may have shifted


Re-teamed with Whaley in "The Jimmy Show"; written and directed by Whaley


Again collaborated with Linklater on the digitally-shot "Tape," co-starring Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman


Feature directorial debut, "Chelsea Walls," based the film on Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio drama "Under Milkwood"; co-starred wife Uma Thurman and friends Leonard, Whaley, and Zahn


Cast as a rookie cop teamed with an amoral partner (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor


Returned to the NYC stage as one of the stars of the Manhattan premiere of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"


Starred as Michael Almereyda's slacker "Hamlet"; Zahn played Rosencrantz


Cast in small role as a concerned guidance counselor in Frank Whaley's feature directorial debut "Joe the King"


Acted in Williamstown Theatre Festival staging of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real"


Played Ishmail, the one-armed journalist in love with a Japanese woman in "Snow Falling on Cedars"; adapted from David Guterson's 1994 novel about a doomed interracial romance


Portrayed the Pip-like Finn in the contemporary remake of Dickens' "Great Expectations"


Appeared as Jess Newton, the charming drunken brother in Linklater's "The Newton Boys"


Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Gattaca," written and directed by Andrew Niccol; co-starred with future wife Uma Thurman


Published first novel The Hottest State


Acted opposite Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater's romantic cult classic "Before Sunrise"


Acted in the Steppenwolf Theater Company production of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" in Chicago; project reunited him with Sinise who directed


Co-starred in Ben Stiller's feature directorial debut "Reality Bites"; also helmed Lisa Loeb's music video "Stay," a featured single from the soundtrack; Steve Zahn also acted in film


Theatrical directorial debut, "Wild Dogs!"; officially opened the first full season of Malaparte


Wrote, directed and edited the short film "Straight to One"


Acted in Jonathan Marc Sherman's "Sophistry" at NYC's Playwrights Horizon


Broadway debut, National Actors Theater production of Chekhov's "The Seagull"


Played a reluctant platoon leader in "A Midnight Clear"; also featured Steppenwolf's co-founder Gary Sinise and friend Frank Whaley; second film based on a Wharton novel


Off-Broadway debut, New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Casanova"


Visited the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago during a cross-country drive with playwright-actor Jonathan Marc Sherman and actor Josh Hamilton; inspired to start a theater group


Co-founded Malaparte, a nonprofit theater group; served as artistic director; "Dead Poets Society" co-star Robin Williams was among the notables providing funding; company included Robert Sean Leonard, Frank Whaley, Steve Zahn and Hamilton; eventually dis


Played Ted Danson's son and Jack Lemmon's grandson in "Dad," a film based on a William Wharton novel


Returned to features with a well-received supporting role as the baby-faced Todd in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society"


Feature acting debut, Joe Dante's "Explorers"

Started a reading series in NYC with Sherman and Hamilton

Acted in a junior high school production of "Meet Me in St. Louis"

Professional stage debut, "St. Joan" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ

Bonus Trivia


Hawke co-founded NYC-based non-profit theater company Malaparte in 1991. "Malaparte" referred to a type of unbound book that can be read in any order. Choosing this name for their non-profit theater company reflected the group's desire to avoid formulas.


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